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“Species” an ALA Choice Book

I take what plaudits I can: Choice, from The American Library Association, has listed my book Species: A History of the Idea as an “Outstanding Academic Title” for 2010, a list they release each each January. Their criteria are:

  • overall excellence in presentation and scholarship
  • importance relative to other literature in the field
  • distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book or electronic form
  • originality or uniqueness of treatment
  • value to undergraduate students
  • importance in building undergraduate library collections

This is a nice bit of recognition.


  1. Jon Wilkins Jon Wilkins

    Hey, Hey!!! Congratulations!

  2. Susan Silberstein Susan Silberstein

    Stupid Bond.

    • John S. Wilkins John S. Wilkins

      “The name’s Bond. Stupid Bond.”

  3. The list of criteria sums up your book very nicely.

  4. Chris' Wills Chris' Wills

    That accolade must be better than a blog award.
    Shows that the ALA has some intelligent people making the choices.

    Given the quality of this choice I suspect the others might be worth reading.

  5. Ian H Spedding FCD Ian H Spedding FCD

    Librarians are a very perceptive academic species and that is a well-deserved accolade.

    • John S. Wilkins John S. Wilkins

      It was the origin of my thesis.

  6. Robert E. Harris Robert E. Harris

    I look forward to finding the book in our university library. (It has the Defining Species book now.)

    • Susan Silberstein Susan Silberstein

      You inspire me to buy the paperback and donate it to my local library. And I’ll check the university up the road (CSULB) and see if they want a copy. $40 well spent.

  7. DonE DonE

    I, for one, have been enjoying my copy. It continues to come in handy as a reference, and was a good read all the way through. Cheers!

    • John S. Wilkins John S. Wilkins

      It’s also a great doorstop.

      • Come on John! It’s a slim volume and not a doorstopper 😉

  8. Ribozyme Ribozyme

    A well deserved recognition. Congratulations!

    And I agree with Susan Silberstein, this just shows what idiots the Bond people have been.

  9. Bill Morse Bill Morse

    I echo the congratulations! They got the last five right, and they got the first one right regarding scholarship. I would only ask that for your next book you give me a chance to proofread to improve some of your sentence construction. I can’t touch your erudition, but I have spent enough time correcting writing before it goes out the door that I think I am good at proofing.

    • John S. Wilkins John S. Wilkins

      I may take you up on that.

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